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Humor in UNIFORM


During ROTC,

I reported to Fort Bragg in North Carolina for the summer training program. Trainees were handed piles of paperwork and ordered to fill in the blanks, beginning with our first and last names. Before I could start, I needed to clarify something with the sergeant in charge.

“My first name is John,” I explained, “but I prefer to be called by my middle name, Fred.”

He replied, “We’ll keep that in mind … John.”

That summer I learned to do everything the Army way. —J. Fred Riley Elizabeth City, North Carolina

The technician taking my blood at the military medical clinic was very chipper, explaining, “I leave the service in two months!”

As he applied the tourniquet around my arm, he assured me that the procedure wouldn’t hurt much and then asked what my husband did in the service.

“He’s a recruiter,” I said.

“Hmm,” he said wryly. “This might hurt a little more than I thought.” source:

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